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Peter Jackson: 'Hobbit Comic-Con footage will be 24fps, in 2D'

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Peter Jackson has revealed that the Hobbit preview reel he is bringing to Comic-Con is in 2D.

The producer and director also added that although the movie was shot at a frame rate of 48fps (frames per second), the footage will be shown at a frame rate of 24fps. A 48fps preview attracted a mixed reaction at CinemaCon earlier this year.

Director Peter Jackson consults with Martin Freeman on set.


"I think it's more about protecting the downside, rather than helping the film in any significant way," Jackson explained to Hero Complex at the Los Angeles Times.

"There is a huge audience waiting to see The Hobbit, and any positive press from Comic-Con will truthfully have little impact on that. However, as we saw at CinemaCon earlier this year, with our 48 frames per second presentation, negative bloggers are the ones the mainstream press runs with and quotes from."

Photo gallery - 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey':

Jackson further explained: "I decided to screen the Hobbit reel at Comic-Con in 2D and 24 frames per second, so the focus stays firmly with the content and not the technical stuff. If people want 3D and 48fps, that choice will be there for them in December."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again to follow in December 2013.

Cast members Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis will join Jackson and co-producer Philippa Boyens at the preview on Saturday, July 14 in Hall H.

Watch the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey below:

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